17 April 2014

The Victorian Brooch

Brooches have been in vogue for many centuries. The Victorian era saw brooches commonly worn with styles to fit every occasion.  Most Victorian brooches also doubled as a pendant for necklaces. The 1960s brought back a Victorian revival of this versatile accessory, the difference being the clasp and materials, such as aluminium, copper, stainless steel and white gold.

Victorian brooches were handmade and commonly made of Pinchbeck, an inexpensive yet sturdy alternative to gold. The art and workmanship are evident in these brooches. Carvings and enamel paints were intricately applied, creating an elegant and detailed piece.

Find heirloom quality Victorian brooches at Grays, that will be shared with generations to come.

Below is just a small example of the many brooches some of our dealers have on offer.

Victorian gold plated memorial brooch with fern design made of hair, offered by Ting's Jewellery Box

Victorian brooch with flower spray with faux pearl, offered by Ting's Jewellery Box

Gold framed Victorian brooch with shell hand carved cameo, offered by Ting's Jewellery Box

Memento mori Victorian brooch with religious subject in gold frame with shell hand carved cameo, offered by Ting's Jewellery Box

Victorian brooch of hand painted portrait of a lady on china, offered by Ting's Jewellery Box

Pietra Dura brooch, c1860, offered by The Antique Jewellery Company

15ct  Gold & chalcedony brooch, c1860, hand painted flowers. Offered by The Antique Jewellery Company

Sardonyx, chalcedony and turqouise brooch, c1860, offered by The Antique Jewellery Company

15ct Gold bow brooch with turquoise enamel, diamonds and natural pearls, offered by The Antique Jewellery Company

Victorian jet brooch, offered by Alison Massey

Victorian bog oak brooch, offered by Alison Massey

Victorian jet brooch, offered by Alison Massey


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